any force responsible for maintaining an object on a curved path around a fixed center. In introductory coursework this is usually "uniform circular motion" and yields several simple and useful relations. Not to be confused with the centrifugal pseudo-force experienced in a accelerated referenced ...

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What provides the centripetal force for a glider?

Whenever any object follows a circular path, there is always a centripetal force which is provided by something. However, in the case of a glider making a loop in air, what provides the centripetal ...
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Reference frame and centrifugal force

Imagine you are on a theme park ride in which you sit in a car and are spun around in a circle, basically like a giant centrifuge. An observer from the outside would say that there is no centrifugal ...
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Does centrifugal force exist?

Currently in my last year of high school, and I have always been told that centrifugal force does not exist by my physics teachers. Today my girlfriend in the year below asked me what centrifugal ...
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Centrifugal force?

Everyone calls it a pseudo force and that it is not really present, even there are so many machines listed to advantage of centrifugal force ( centrifuge, washing washing drier),and also it has the ...
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Centrifugal force for non uniform circular motion [on hold]

If a body is under non-uniform circular motion, will it experience or will there be any impact of centrifugal force on the body upon eliminating the centripetal force? update-sorry.the title of ...
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Find the tangential acceleration

A racing car driver drives his car on a flat circular track of radius $\frac{25}3 m$ and a coefficient of friction $0.5$. Find the magnitude of its tangential acceleration (in $ms^{-2}$) at an ...
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Vortex Air Intake

Why is a vortex air intake in an engine cause the fuel to burn more efficiently within a vehicle. Why is this more efficient.
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A bomb can be made to explode or implode? [closed]

A bomb can be made to implode or explode. Can one be made to explode while creating a vortex at the same time?
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How is circular motion possible on a banked road when there is no Friction?

It is given here that the maximum safe speed of a vehicle on a banked road having coefficient of friction $0$, is $V =\sqrt{R g \tan \theta}$, where $\theta$ is the angle of banking. I can't ...
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Centrifugal force when there is no friction [duplicate]

Assume that a coin is placed on circular disk and now a disk is rotated with constant angular velocity. If there is no friction between the surfaces of a disk and coin, according to theory the coin ...
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Relativity's effects on centripetal motion [duplicate]

I am wondering if, for a particle moving close to the speed of light (so that we must examine things relativistically rather than classically) does the centripetal force equation $F_c=m\frac{v^2}{r}$ ...
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Conical vs Simple Pendulum

I don't understand why the Tension $T$ on a conical pendulum and a simple pendulum are different. In a simple pendulum, one would say that the tension of the rope is $T=mg \cos(\theta)$. However, ...
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Why is centrifugal 'force' perpendicular to line of inertia

I know that centrifugal is labeled a fictitious force only arising in a rotating reference frame, but I still struggle to understand the forces at play intuitively in tethered rotating bodies. I've ...
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Friction as a Centripetal Force

When an object is moving in a circle, won't the frictional force oppose it's motion? And if the velocity is always tangential to the path, there is no component of it towards the center, so there is ...
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Pouring water in an aircraft while upside down?

What is the physics behind the following photo? Someone had told me that this is because the aircraft might be moving towards a lower altitude, but I am still not sure.
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What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force?

What is the cause of centripetal/centrifugal force? When an object of mass $m$ is moved in a circular orbit, it experiences a centrifugal force radially away from the center. What is the cause of this ...
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Pendulum in a Turning Airplane

My friend and I are having an argument over what happens with a pendulum hanging inside an airplane during a turn. Assuming that the airplane is making a standard 1 G coordinated turn, how does the ...
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Can a car skid while moving in a circle?

How can a car skid if it is moving around a circular road? It is understandable that it can topple but I feel it impossible that a moving car can skid. It is hard to imagine that a car would skid ...
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What is the physics associated with climbing a space elevator?

Suppose you have a space elevator and you use it to lift weight to orbit. Obvious this is pulling down on the counterweight. So doesn't this mean that you need to apply appropriate acceleration ...
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Is rotational motion conditioned to a central force?

We know rotational motion as a combination (a resultant) of two effects the tangential velocity and a centripetal force. Does rotational motion turn into linear motion at the same instance this ...
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Force needed to change momentum, from fixed position

I have a situation where I want to change the velocity of a mass, by applying a force from a fixed position. For example in the diagram below, the mass starts with the initial velocity in the upper ...
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Motion of Object in Rotating water [duplicate]

Water inside bucket is rotated (by spoon or something) to flow in circular motion. An object kept in the bucket tends to be at the center of the bucket. Why is that?
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Effect of spin on gravitational field?

If a large sphere of uniform density is spinning around one axis, is its gravitational field uniform? If yes, then what if it's not a sphere or not uniform? For example if we remove a chunk of the ...
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how apparent weight varies due to the rotational motion of earth

I learned that as the earth rotates about its axis, the bodies on the earth also follow a circular path. In most books I read, they give the example of a person standing on a weight balance at the ...
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velocity required when rounding a flat curve and banked track

When rounding a flat curve, the centripetal force is provided by the frictional force. I learned that when a car rounds a flat curve with a fixed radius $R$, it can be able to make a turn as long it ...
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Do centripetal and reactive centrifugal forces cancel each other out?

In order for a body to move with uniform velocity in a circular path, there must exist some force towards the centre of curvature of the circular path. This is centripetal force. By Newton's Third ...
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Why isn't the gravitational acceleration taken in to account when determining the net acceleration of a person riding a Ferris wheel?

Say for example you have a person riding a Ferris wheel. What is the difference in his acceleration (towards the center) for when he is at the highest point to when he is at the lowest point? So the ...
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Work in circular motions

Suppose that a satellite circles around a planet that exerts $2000N$ of gravitational force on the satellite. I understand the fact that since the circular motion and the centripetal force are ...
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Car on a frictionless banked curve

A car is on a banked curve, following a path which is part of a circle with radius $R$. The curve is banked at angle $\theta$ with the horizontal, and is a frictionless surface. What is the speed ...
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Centripetal force in frame of reference of body moving In a circle

Suppose a body is moving in a circle about a fixed point. In the frame of reference of the body, is the centripetal force felt or is only the centrifugal force felt? More generally, does a body only ...
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Charge to mass ratio inversely proportional to curved path radius?

In a cloud or bubble chamber, charged particles follow circular paths. I learned that charge to mass ratio of the particles is inversely proportional to the radius of the path. Thus, a particle ...
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Vertical uniform circular motion.. can it really be uniform? [closed]

This is the picture in my mind: For centripetal force, I learned that: $T-mg\cos\theta= \frac{mv^2}{r}$ In vertical circular motion, the velocity is naturally going to decrease as kinetic energy ...
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Centripetal issue when considering gravity

Forgive me if my question seems silly, but I am quite baffled. Suppose you have a satellite orbiting a horizontal swing planted into the ground and we want to find the velocity with which the ...
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Direction of friction when a car turns

When a ball moves to the right, friction acts to oppose the motion, in other words, to the left. However, when a car travels around a bend, the friction acts in the perpendicular direction to the ...
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Intuitive understanding of centripetal vs. centrifugal force

I am having trouble understanding how centripetal force works intuitively. This is my claim. When I have a mass strapped on a string and spin it around, I feel the mass pulling my hand. So, I want ...
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Question regarding centripetal force and tangential force

I was asked to think of a situation where a car driver only feels centripetal acceleration, but exerts no tangential acceleration. The first thing that came to mind was orbit, where the satellite ...
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Centripetal acceleration and gravitational acceleration on a thread [closed]

This is a question from my physics textbook. "A $200$ gram weight is suspended in a $2.5m$ long thread in the roof. The weight is pulled out sideways, creating the angle $\alpha$ and is then ...
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Loop-the-Loop with Friction [closed]

Let's consider a track that begins vertically becomes a 450 degree loop, and level off. (See diagram) We drop a block from height $H$ that falls and goes around the loop. Ignoring air resistance, ...
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Normal force of loop-the-loop at the side of the circle

In the loop-the-loop ride a car goes around a vertical, circular loop at a constant speed. The car has the mass of 230 kg and moves with the speed of 300 m/s. The loop-the-loop has a radius R=20 m. ...
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Object with friction in circular motion caused by a string

A physics problem in my textbook reads: A 0.40kg ball, attached to the end of a horizontal cord, is rotated in a circle of radius 1.3m on a frictionless horizontal surface. If the cord will ...
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Doesn't Conservation of angular momentum contradict the need for a centripetal force?

If an object is rotating in space, then there has to be a centripetal force acting upon it to constantly change its direction. I thought if an object begins to rotate in space, it would slow down ...
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Work, Energy & Power - Body slides down a hemisphere

A small body of mass $m$ slides down from the top of a hemisphere of radius $r$. There is no friction between the surface of the block and the hemisphere. The height at which the body loses contact ...
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Centrifugal Force

When a body is in circular motion, realistically, it experiences only the centripetal force, created by gravitational pull, tension etc. , which gives it acceleration towards the centre. Now, assuming ...
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Physical Variables of Circular Motion

To me, the definitions of variables involved in circular motion are rather confusing (perhaps due to the lack of understanding on my part), hence the question. As I understand it, there are two ...
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What provides the centrifugal force for planets orbiting a star?

this is a question I had when I was a kid. I'm a bit ashamed because I think I am missing out on something very obvious since I have the same question despite almost being an engineer now! From ...
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The force arrow for centripetal force points in the opposite direction of my calculation?

I need someone to clarify a conceptual problem I can't seem to surpass. Image there is a rollercoaster loop and a rollerbcoaster car enters the loop at high speed. Once the car completes the full ...
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Understanding centripetal force vs frictional force diagrams?

I have an actual physics problem and also a conceptual question to go with it. From some test prep I was presented with this straight-forward question: What is the minimum radius that a cyclist can ...
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How you feel in outer space vs. orbit?

I understand that when someone is in low earth orbit, the "pull" of their inertia is equal to the pull of gravity. However, the force of gravity is still acting on them. However, if they are in outer ...
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Short-duration forces

In circular motion, it is said that the centripetal force acts only for a very very short period of time, hence is able to only change the direction but not magnitude of the velocity. Similarly in a ...
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Is it possible to whirl a point mass (attacted to a string) around in a horizontal circular motion *above* my hand?

I'm studying circular motion and centripetal force in college currently and there is a very simple question but confuses me (our teacher doesn't know how to explain either :/), so I hope we can sort ...